Older Adults

IWOO’s Older Adults program is one of its oldest programs which aims to help older adults empower themselves, strengthen friendship and find networking opportunities. IWOO’s Older Adults program has made contributions to keep this group of people socially inclusive and active.

For further info, check our calendar at the bottom of this page.

Our Objective

The objective of our Older Adults Program is to create a safe environment where older adults can gather to make friends and learn new things, preventing isolation.

Our Services

To accomplish our objective, IWOO offers numerous programs that aim to help older adults in the community, such as,

  • Social Gatherings
  • English Conversation Classes
  • Arts & Mindfulness Classes
  • Educational Workshops
  • Leisure & Recreational Outings
  • Yoga & Fitness Classes
  • Game Days
  • Cultural & National Holidays
Social Gathering

Social Gatherings

A safe and friendly environment is offered where older adults can gather and meet each other once a week.

English Conversation Classes

Language is one of the top barriers to an older adult’s inclusion and participation in community programs. IWOO aims to reduce this barrier by offering English conversation classes where older adults can safely and comfortably learn.

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Art and Mindfullness

Arts & Mindfulness Classes

IWOO provides art classes where older adults can learn painting, dancing, singing, and more. Mindfulness is also taught there so participants can work towards a healthy mind, reduce stress, and learn about being in the present moment.

Educational Workshops

IWOO delivers monthly educational and life-skill workshops for older adults on relevant topics including computer literacy, elder abuse awareness and support, healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Educational Workshop
Leisure and Recreational Outings

Leisure & Recreational Outings

Day trips are offered to further improve socializing and combat loneliness and isolation.

Yoga & Fitness Classes

IWOO offers weekly yoga, fitness, and meditation classes where participants can learn how to lead healthier lives and get active.

Yoga and Fitness Classes
Game Days

Game Days

Weekly sessions where older adults can play interactive games and can connect with each other in a fun and casual environment.

Holiday Celebrations

Participants gather together and take part in both Iranian cultural and Canadian national celebrations, such as Nowruz, Yalda, New year, and Canada Day.

Holiday Celebration

Calendar of Events

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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan

Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.

Leyly Mirsanjari

Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty,  Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.

She has extensive experience in teaching French.
She also coordinate and facilitates several multicultural groups in various ages, peer support group,senior focus group, women support group focused on violence against women and healthy family healthy community.She worked 10 years at Family service Toronto, as a failitator.
Currently she is working at TDSB as an education assistant.
She has volunteered for Tirgan festival ( as outreach coordinator, guest and dignitaries coordinator and event assistant),Behnam foundation ,Karafarin and Iwoo organization.

Saharnaz Nahidi

Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.

Yasmin Fouladvand

Yasmin Fouladvand holds a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business. Through her experience in the banking sector, Yasmin stands out for her expertise in financial analysis and investment strategy development. Her unwavering passion lies in fostering fairness and promoting community growth by overcoming challenges and making a positive impact. Yasmin is passionately focused on meeting the specific needs of women and fostering opportunities for gender equity and meaningful progress.

Amin Azad

Amin Azad is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto at the intersection of engineering and entrepreneurship, with the goal of identifying educational tools to promote opportunity identification for venture creation. Amin has previously been a business mentor and educator in this space and has put together various courses and workshops with the purpose of helping entrepreneurial teams identify a need in the market and build a business around it.

Presently, he manages a consultancy service and is committed to supporting IWOO by leveraging his expertise in organizing workshops and encouraging community engagement within the entrepreneurship domain.

Guita Movallali

Guita Movallali holds a PHD in Psychology and BSc in Audiology. She is a retired Associate Professor at the USWR University. for Her extensive career spans over two decades, showcasing a remarkable blend of skills and expertise. Her influence extends to nonprofit organizations, where she has actively served on boards and spearheaded significant projects.

She has consistently displayed her dedication to knowledge transfer and community engagement, making her an invaluable asset in academia. Her roles as a researcher, educator, and leader within nonprofit organizations have made a significant impact.

Guita’s stellar track record includes the development of resources and programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and their families. Guita’s notable role as the CEO and Founder of the Faranak Clinic for Deaf children and the Program & Development Manager at VOICE for deaf kids exemplifies her commitment to supporting many families. Her dedication to the Deaf community has yielded numerous successful initiatives, coupled with her proficiency in Project Management techniques.

Her pivotal role as an Executive Director and Early Years Director has been instrumental in fostering the Parent-Child Mother Goose program in Canada. Guita’s skills, passion, and unwavering commitment continue to drive positive change and empower communities.

Amir Azad

Amir works at a Toronto-based Private Investment Office to manage assets on behalf of Canadian family offices. Previously Amir worked at a Financial Communication firm, supporting NASDAQ, NYSE, TSX and other Stock Exchanges. Amir has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Concordia University of Edmonton, and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University with a focus on Investments. Amir‘s professional background includes Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investments, and sustainable finance. Amir is the Director of Funding & Grants Committee at IWOO, and he overlooks the grants and fundraising efforts. Amir also has a Golden Retriever named Simba in which he enjoys hiking with.

Hengameh Saberi

Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.